Black Lives Matter Phoenix Condemns Statements By Public Officials Linking Movement To Violence
The Phoenix Metro Black Lives Matter collective is condemning comments made by public officials linking the organizing group to a shooting at the federal courthouse without any evidence.
After a security officer was shot outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Tuesday, city Councilman Sal DiCiccio tweeted the incident was a direct result of “extremist anti-police attacks we have seen from BLM and Antifa.”
Congressman Paul Gosar then shared the tweet with a warning about the “radical violent Left.”
And on Wednesday, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann released a statement linking protests against police to the shooting.
Phoenix Black Lives Matter organizer and spokesperson Jamaar Williams says the statements demonstrate a lack of understanding of the movement.
"We’re out here in response to grotesque violence," Williams said. "Our movement is a loving response out of seeing that — to support each other and to protect each other.”
The FBI says an individual connected to the shooting is in custody but no details have been given on a potential motive.